Kiev says Army retreated from Lugansk airport in east Ukraine

Ukrainian troops have retreated from the Lugansk airport and a nearby village in the east after coming under artillery fire, Kiev`s security spokesman said Monday.

AFP| Updated: Sep 01, 2014, 15:40 PM IST

Kiev:Ukrainian troops have retreated from the Lugansk airport and a nearby village in the east after coming under artillery fire, Kiev`s security spokesman said Monday.

"Ukrainian soldiers received an order and made an organised retreat from the Lugansk airport and Georgiyivka village," spokesman Andriy Lysenko said. "Judging by the precision of the strikes, professional artillery men of the Russian armed forces are the ones firing."

Lugansk airport and Georgiyivka are located several kilometres south of the rebel stronghold Lugansk.